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Required Human Subjects Training

The University of Texas at Dallas Institutional Review Board (IRB) requires that all individuals working with human subjects in research complete an instructional program before the IRB will review an application. This policy reflects UT Dallas's commitment to the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in research and incorporates the requirements of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The required training is a no-cost tutorial developed by the NIH, Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams.

This course can be completed in approximately one hour. A set of 3 to 5 questions follows each of six topics covering the topics such as history, informed consent, and ongoing protection.

Upon successful completion of the course, a completion certificate must be printed and retained by the researcher. A copy of the certificate must be submitted to the UT Dallas Office of Research Compliance as part of the researcher's first human subjects proposal.

This training requirement covers not only Principal Investigators, but also all individuals identified as a research assistant who are responsible for the design and conduct of the study. The Principal Investigator will submit a copy of the NIH completion certificate for each of the research assistants. Personnel external to UT Dallas who conduct human subjects' research at or with UT Dallas must also complete the required training or provide proof of equivalent training.